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Letters to the Editor

Synopsis of a Westfield Board of Education Meeting on March 17

March 19, 2015

2015-2016 BUDGET PRESENTATION Technology Paul Pineiro, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, led the discussion regarding how technology affects our classrooms and ult...

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Today's Events

Police Blotter

In Westfield, Vehicle Reported Stolen, Drug Arrest

March 25, 2015

Mar 24, 2015 5:38 p.m. A resident in the 0-100 block of Gallowae reports an identity theft by unknown actor(s). Actor(s) fraudulently filed a tax return using the victim’s social secur...

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Columns

The Innovative Classroom

A Week in the Life of PARCC

During the month of March, Westfield High School, along with schools in 13 other states, participated in one of the most controversial educational moves to date — the implementation of of ...

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ViaNutrition

Getting Your Body in Balance for Optimum Fitness Results

What is going on? You eat pretty well, you exercise and still nothing is changing. Does this sound vaguely familiar? Well, the body is a complex machine, and the right balance of energy is neces...

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Westfield Area Y

Become a Westfield Area Y Lifeguard

The Westfield Area Y is providing teens ages 16+ and adults the opportunity to become a leader by participating in a lifeguard training program.  The Y’s comprehensive, education-cent...

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The Academic Coach

Strong Finish

All long distance runners know that a marathon doesn’t really start until the 20 mile mark. That’s the point at which the race gets really tough and many competitors “hit a wal...

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Ince Landscape Construction & Management

Did Winter Burn Compromise Your Trees and Shrubs?

Oh, winter!  It has been a long, cold winter this season, but spring is here and I am sure you are seeing the affects winter had on your trees and shrubs. As prepared as our landscape i...

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Experts of H.O.M.E.

Make your Home Spring-Ready

Here are some tips to get your home ready for Spring as we start to thaw: As the snow and ice finally melt, check along the foundations for any cracks or signs of damage. Small crac...

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In the Schools

Westfield Teacher Returns from National Ed-Tech Conference with New Instructional Strategies

Jeanine Gottko, K-5 Master Technology Teacher in the Westfield Public Schools, was among more than 9,000 educators, administrators and technologists from all 50 states and more than 40 countries...

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Employment Law

Super Lawyers Magazine Chooses Fred Shahrooz-Scampato

The firm is proud to announce that Fred Shahrooz-Scampato, Esquire, has been chosen for a second year in a row, to receive the distinguished honor of Employment Litigation: Plaintiff by Super La...

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BH Sports Training/BrawlHouse: The Water Cooler

Mobility Clinic for CrossFit Athletes

CrossFit Westfield and FLO Fitness are excited to announce a special mobility clinic on April 19th from 9:00 am to 10:30 am.  Chris Flores will spend 90 minutes going through his R.D.A. Pro...

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Weltman Home Services

Want Under The Kitchen Counter Lighting?

Call 888 WELTMAN to set up your appointment today!

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Talking About Grief

Talking about Death and Dying at Local Conversation Cafe - Sponsored by Summit Medical Group, My Gift of Grace and Atlantic Health System

Ever considered a dinner conversation about end of life but haven't been able to have it? Ever consider that this conversation could actually be fun and interesting? Then consider joining Im...

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Monday with Millicent

Let's Go Out to Eat: Water and Wine

Water & Wine in Watchung will celebrate its eleventh year of service during the month of  August, 2015. Along with La Griglia in Kenilworth, these restaurants are the pride and joy of p...

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Westfield Businesses, Affected by Severe Weather, Hope You'll Shop Local

By JACKIE LIEBERMAN

February 14, 2014 at 6:10 PM

WESTFIELD, NJ — A string of winter storms are spelling lost revenues for many local businesses. During Thursday’s Nor’easter, which dumped over a foot of snow on the area, Downtown Westfield was like a ghost town.

Daniela Palumbo, owner of Ella Allure Interior Design Center, decided not to open her shop Thursday for the first time this year. When she came by that day to shovel the sidewalks, “I was surprised that everybody was closed,” said Palumbo. “Even Starbucks.”

Even on the snowy days when she was able to open, few customers ventured out. “It’s been pretty bad,” Palumbo said.

And it’s not just the day that a storm hits—business on days before and after storms is strongly affected, too, Palumbo noted. She said some clients had to cancel Friday because they couldn’t clear the snow from their driveways fast enough, and others canceled on Wednesday because they had to run errands before the storm hit.

Jamie Lester, a massage therapist and Co-Owner of Seraphim Wellness, saw this too, as clients cancelled appointments to take care of preparations for the storm.

After the snow, “The parking situation worsens due to the accumulation,” said Lester. “And people don’t want to trek out in the cold.”

Restaurants are especially hard-hit.

“The weather has had a dreadful impact on our new business,” said Jill Korcusko-Ramirez, who owns Blue Sky Café with husband Marcos Ramirez. “Not only does the snow force us on some days not be able to open, but the cold/polar vortex causes most people to stay inside and not want to venture out for food.”

Severe weather causes supply problems, too.

“For instance, our bread company was closed yesterday so we didn’t get our bread delivery today,” Korcusko-Ramirez said on Friday. “Since we order fresh daily we literally have no bread to open for business today. We've seen our numbers in January and February plummet compared to the prior months.”

Local leaders are asking people to support small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the weather.

“In trying times such as these, when weather patterns are wreaking havoc on anticipated revenues, we must all be deliberate in our buying decisions,” said Heather L. Robinson, executive director of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce. “If you live in an area, supporting your local businesses acts to help you, as well as them. It is a symbiotic relationship, and is of the utmost importance. To shop local is to take care of each other. Strengthening our local economy is vital to our collective prosperity.”

As the snow melted downtown on Friday, “Everyone is open today and many of the restaurants are booked for Valentine’s Day,” said Sherry Cronin, executive director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation. “Business is brisk for Brummer’s, The Chocolate Bar, Crumbs, Bovella’s and Carlo’s Bakery, too. Jeffrey’s said that they are opening on Sunday, as well, this week. There are many posts on Facebook reminding customers that they are open. Le Bain is having a Stupid Cupid ANTI-Valentine’s Day event today from 6 to 8 p.m.”

She added, “We hope they can recoup the lost sales due to this crazy weather.”